Updates of all activities of Saheli Trust, Dehra Dun, India
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Dear everyone,

January has been a very active and interesting month for all of us, with a wide variety of things happening all around. A major chunk of our activities revolved around making arrangements for Paraksh's surgery, who as of today, is now admitted in PGI Chandigarh, waiting for his turn for surgery.
On 4th January, Bhagirath underwent surgery for squint at Dr Gaurav Luthra's Eye Hospital. The half an hour surgery would have cost us Rs 20,000/- but thanks to Dr Gaurav, it was totally free for us. After the surgery, Bhagirath is now doing well, and appears almost normal.

This has not only given him a better vision, but has also boosted his self esteem, which previously suffered due to the severe squint he had.
A very inspiring visit to our Shelter was by members of Dehradun's Inner Wheel Club on the 10th of January.  Their meeting began with a prayer, for all members to be strong enough to serve the community and was  very motivating. The dedication of each member towards serving the community was amazing. Club members brought along with them warm blankets and stationary for our children.
Local Member of Parliament visits Saheli Women's Shelter
On 13th January the local Member of Indian Parliament, Maharani Rajlaxmi, visited Saheli Women's Shelter. This was her second visit to the Shelter, the first one being to inaugurate it in April 2013.

She was really touched to see the children and women staying and to know about them. She promised to give maximum possible help in order to make the center bigger.

Dr Ravi Chopra, ex member of National Ganga River Basin Authority, was the Guest of Honor and his talk was inspiring for everyone.

The children of our shelter  staged a few songs and dance items for the entertainment of guests.
The monthly meeting of women of Sapera Basti, Rajpur, threw up a new idea. Since most of the women in the area are beggars, it was decided at the meeting to provide these ladies with an alternative source of income so that they stop begging.

However, dissuading women from begging sounds easier than it is. Apparently they earn a handsome amount and are their own bosses since they have no fixed working hours. We are trying to encourage these women to start selling roses or colorful balloons at various city intersections to earn a livelihood.

How the idea plays out, will be interesting and we will keep you updated.
Message from the Secretary
Greetings from Saheli,

January has been a hectic month for us as you would have seen, more for interacting with a wide variety of people. Getting people to know our work is important as that helps speard the word about us and hopefully may find more people who would be interested in helping us with our work. Which is also why, it is my humble request to each and everyone of you to please forward the newsletter to your friends and relatives. We need to contact more people.

Towards the end of month, Prakash, left for Chandigarh and as of today ,is admitted in PGI, waiting for his turn for surgery.

A humble request I would like to make everyone is to help us with funds. We are a bit short of funds these days and since we spend around INR 45,000/- every month, I would appeal to all of you to please help out. Any little amount is welcome because each rupee counts. If you'd like to donate, please call or message me or simply reply to this email. Details of ways to donate are here:

http://www.sahelitrust.com/donate.asp

Please remember, each rupee counts and please don't think that there are many "others" who will help us. Do help us yourself too.

And finally, a big request to everyone is to please help us grow by giving us advice on the way forwards, by pointing out our mistakes and by suggesting new ideas to us. Please do not hesitate in criticizing anything you don't like. And if you live in Dehradun, or if you ever visit our city, my earnest appeal to you is to visit us. Do call me and I shall be honored to arrange a visit for you. My number is +91-9760371958.

With regards,

Shruti Kaushik,
Secretary, Saheli

 
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